Curling with the stars: Ferbey versus Jones at the pro-am in Digby


Published on February 1, 2016

Glenn Walker prepares to sweep for Willard Doucette during Digby curling club action Jan. 27.

©Jonathan Riley

DIGBY – Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs and Brent Laing, four of the best curlers in the world, are coming to Digby.

Between them they have won seven world championships, two Olympic gold medals and a dozen Canadian titles.

These professional curlers will be teaming up with four senior curling contest winners from clubs across Canada for the Everest - Ferbey National Pro Am, April 2 in Digby during the 2016 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Last year, Jones defeated Ferbey to win the inaugural Ferbey Pro-Am in Edmonton.

“I am very excited to have Jennifer return again this year, and I’m looking forward to a rematch – time for me to win this year,” said Ferbey. “I think adding Brad Jacobs, the defending Olympic gold medalist, and Jennifer’s husband Brent Laing, who is also an established curler himself, to the line-up is going to make for an incredible matchup and unforgettable experience.”

Senior curlers across Canada have earned a ballot with every curling game they’ve played since November.

Those ballots go in to a draw for a chance to win a VIP trip to Digby for the Canadian Seniors and to play with Ferbey and Jones.

Bob Powell, director of Digby Area Recreation, is looking forward to adding to his collection of photos of himself with Canadian Olympic gold medallists. He already has a photo of himself with John Morris who won gold in 2010 with Kevin Martin.

“These are the best of the best and I’m really just looking forward to watching them curl here in our facility,” he said.

Not only will local folk get to watch the big stars, but they will also get a chance to play on the big ice like the pros.

The Digby Area Curling Club is holding a bonspiel on the arena ice on Saturday, March 26.

“Arena ice is quite a bit different and this will give people here a chance to experience it,” said Powell.

He says planning is coming along well for the Canadian Seniors and they are just working on the final details.

“We’ve been through this before, we have a good committee of people working on this and we have volunteers coming in every day,” said Powell. “We can always use more – we’ll find a job for you.”

New this time around, Rob Hersey with the Municipality of the District of Digby is organizing a week of cultural displays and evening entertainment at the curling club.

“That’s open to the general public all week,” says Powell. “We’ll have local artists and artisans displaying their creations and music by local performers every night.”

The bar in the curling club will be open and the public will also be able to buy breakfast, lunch and supper at the curling club all week.

Also new this year, DARC has a licensed part of the ice surface for liquor sales.

The Canadian Senior Curling Championships, featuring the top 50-and-over curlers in the country, will be played at the Digby Area Recreation Centre, March 28 to April 2.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

HARDWARE

Randy Ferbey: 4 Worlds golds, 6 Brier golds

Jennifer Jones: 1 Olympic gold, 1 Worlds gold, 5 Tournament of Hearts golds

Brad Jacobs: 1 Olympic gold, 1 Brier gold

Brent Laing: 2 Worlds golds, 2 Brier golds